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Government paper on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education is published today
The UK Government has today published its draft statutory guidance and draft regulations on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) along with a press release and statement by Education Secretary, Damian Hinds. The Government are now seeking views on its guidance and supporting documentation until 7 November 2018.
Mothers’ Union’s Chief Executive, Bev Jullien said, “The world that children and young people are growing up in today has changed significantly since the last equivalent guidance was published - now almost 20 years ago.
We need to ensure that children and young people are given the support needed to understand what healthy relationships are, and the skills to develop and maintain healthy relationships as they grow - while building the resilience to navigate the changing world around them.
Mothers’ Union is closely reviewing the draft guidance published today and will be engaging with its members, Ministers, and other key stakeholders throughout the consultation process.”
Mothers’ Union will respond to the consultation in due course.
In 2017, the UK Government passed legislation which required all primary schools in England to teach Relationships Education, and all secondary schools in England to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The Government is now in the process of reviewing its statutory guidance for Relationships Education and RSE. As part of this process, the Government ran a consultation between 19 December 2017 and 12 February 2018 which called for evidence. Following this, the Government today published its draft guidance and supporting documents for further consultation.